Even as DODDS-Europe baseball and softball teams set their lineups for the spring season, the organization is looking to fill out its roster of umpires to staff those fast-approaching games.
DODDS-Europe head baseball official Andy Benton said there is a “shortage of experienced umpires” in Europe due to a number of seasoned umpires moving out of the area since last spring. Benton said six of the nine umpires who worked last year’s DODDS-Europe baseball championship tournament are gone from the ranks, with only two qualified new additions to replace them.
Ali DeFazio of Brussels, left, looks to pass for a teammate against Sigonella's Halie Gaporra in the Division III title game at the DODDS-Europe basketball championships in Wiesbaden, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014.
There was a lot of talent on the court in Saturday’s three DODDS-Europe girls basketball championship games. Here are the 12 I would pick for my roster from the six finalists. Keep in mind this isn’t intended as a list of the 12 best players, just one reporter’s subjective attempt at putting together a well-rouded and competitive roster. Click here for the boys team.
F Ana-Marija Vasileva, Brussels: Formidable post is endlessly active in the paint, has a radar for offensive rebounds and loose balls and finishes at the basket as well as anyone in DODDS-Europe.
F Catherine Klein, Wiesbaden:The stabilizing force at the heart of the Warriors’ explosive offense. Scores in a variety of ways and keeps the ball moving when it’s not there.
F Emily Campbell, Black Forest Academy: The centerpiece of BFA’s elite defense is also the team’s primary offensive threat and a constant presence on the boards.
G Cierra Martin, Wiesbaden:Among the best all-around players in DODDS-Europe. Can change a game with or without scoring. Above-average athleticism completes the total package.
G Crisheena Rolack, Wiesbaden: The ball-handler, playmaker and outside shooting threat to round out my starting five.
Vicenza's Derrick Schaefer drives the ball up the court against Naples in the Division II title game at the DODDS-Europe basketball championships in Wiesbaden, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014.
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There was a lot of talent on the court in Saturday’s three DODDS-Europe boys basketball championship games. Here are the 12 I would pick for my roster from the six finalists. Keep in mind this isn’t intended as a list of the 12 best players, just one reporter’s subjective attempt at putting together a well-rouded and competitive roster. Check back Tuesday for my girls team.
F Kelsey Thomas, Wiesbaden: A do-everything perimeter star to initiate the offense. Unselfish enough to distribute as needed but aggressive enough to score when the opportunity presents itself.
F Brendan Jones, Patch: Not just DODDS-Europe’s deadliest outside shooter. Has developed into a fantastic all-around scorer and playmaker and turns nearly every possession into a quality look.
Seven DODDS-Europe boys basketball teams and five international rivals will converge on Stuttgart, Germany, this week for the annual Stuttgart Winter Basketball Tournament.
The DODDS-Europe participants include Division I programs Patch, Kaiserslautern, Lakenheath, and Wiesbaden and Division II entries Baumholder, Bitburg and Black Forest Academy. Though the event is sanctioned by DODDS, the games do not count toward the teams’ regular-season records.
Local German clubs Ludwigsberg, TSV Hafnerhaslach, BSG Vaihingen-Sachsenheim and BC Vaihingen and French school Paris International round out the 12-team field.
The three-day tournament starts at 10 a.m. Thursday, with each team playing two pool games. On Friday, the teams will be slotted into a 12-team championship bracket. The tournament’s semifinals and championship game will be played Saturday, along with consolation games. Each game is slated to last about an hour, with six-minute quarters and a five-minute halftime.
Lakenheath won last year’s tournament, stunning host Patch 41-40 on a buzzer-beating three-pointer by Chris Cedarstaff.
The DODDS-Europe basketball season resumes Friday, Jan. 10.
Former SHAPE volleyball standout Ashley Seiler, now a senior at Cheney High School in Washington, signs her national letter of intent to play volleyball at Casper College in Casper, Wyoming.
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Ashley Seiler, a 2011 All-Europe volleyball star at SHAPE, has signed a letter of intent to play for Casper College, a National Junior College Athletic Association program in Casper, Wyoming.
Seiler recorded 117 kills as a Spartan sophomore in 2011, earning first-team All-Europe and all-tournament team honors while leading SHAPE to a runner-up finish at the Division I European tournament. The 5-foot-11 outside hitter transferred to Cheney High School near Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., prior to her junior year, and is currently in the midst of her senior season.
The Casper Thunderbirds completed their fall 2013 season last month at 18-19
Ramstein's Sarah Szybist slams the ball past Patch's Mercedes Deets, left, and Adrianna Callahan in the the Division I final at the 2012 DODDS-Europe volleyball championships in Ramstein, Nov. 3, 2012.
Former Ramstein volleyball star Sarah Szybist recently completed an outstanding freshman season at the college level. The 2013 Ramstein graduate, now an outside hitter at Rochester Institute of Technology, has netted a number of awards in recognition of her collegiate debut, including:
· American Volleyball Coaches Association Division III All-America honorable mention
Kaiserslautern senior Alana Dickerson will enter her final season of DODDS-Europe basketball with her post-prep future already set.
Dickerson, an All-Europe wing and captain of the defending Division I champion Raiders, has signed her National Letter of Intent to continue her career at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, an NCAA Division II program.
The Kaiserslautern Kingfish claimed a decisive team victory in a European Forces Swim League meet on Saturday at Ramstein Aquatic Center.
The host Kingfish scored 1,283 total points to pace a five-team field in the event. The Stuttgart Piranhas finished second with 787 points, while the Hohenfels Tigers scored 210, the Eifel Sharks collected 182 and Rota Swim Club produced 90. Here are the meet’s individual standouts:
The all-tournament teams from last weekend's Ankara Sports Association volleyball tournament.
Back row, from left: David Catchings (Incirlik) standing in for brother Jonathan; OASIS’s Nate Frye (OASIS), tournament MVP Tamer Long (Incirlik), Josh Land (OASIS), and Kaan Kandemir (BLIS). Not pictured: Mehmet Kunter Uz (BLIS) and Turan Kerimbay (Ankara).
Front row, from left: Jordan Blumberg (OASIS), Bahar Dumlu (BLIS), Ellie Thurston (BLIS), Kayleigh Gerlach (Incirlik), Carmen Colon (Incirlik), Grace Kim (OASIS), and tournament MVP Allyn Anderson (Incirlik).
More than 100 student-athletes from four schools visited Ankara, Turkey last weekend for the annual Ankara Sports Association volleyball tournament.
The ASA, coordinated by Ankara Elementary/High School, OASIS International School and the Pakistani Embassy International Study Group, has organized volleyball, basketball and soccer tournaments for the last seven years.
Incirlik, a regular invitee to ASA tournaments, took over this one with victories on both the boys and girls sides.
For the girls, the victorious Hodjas defeated second-place Bilkent Laboratory and International School 25-17, 23-25, 25-18 for the title. The Incirlik boys beat second-place OASIS 25-14, 25-19 en route to the championship.
ASA’s next planned event will be its basketball tournament, slated to host up to 20 teams in January or February of 2014.
Ankara and Incirlik play each other Oct. 19 ahead of both teams’ entry into the DODDS-Europe championships starting Oct. 31 at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.
Sixteen boys and four girls will take to Wiesbaden’s Rheinblick Golf Course on Wednesday and Thursday to compete for the 2013 DODDS-Europe golf championship.
The tournament’s five foursomes will tee off from Rheinblick’s 10th hole Wednesday in 10-minute intervals starting at 10 a.m. The second and final round follows Thursday at 10 a.m. The competitors will play 18 holes each day under a modified Stableford scoring system, in which players are awarded points based on their performance on each hole. Rheinblick’s front nine holes are closed, Wiesbaden Athletic Director James Campbell said, so the competitors will play the back nine twice each day.
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